Photo by Muffy Aldrich
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Sunday, July 30, 2023

Opening Night, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, 1965

Photos by My Father
New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre was founded in 1965.  Their first production was Arthur Miller's The Crucible. My father took these pictures on opening night.



  1. I remember my parents dressing for an evening out. Perhaps it will come around again. Hope springs eternal!

  2. Wow. Anyone who's seen how theatregoers dress these days will be shocked at the contrast.

    Also, have to say that the costuming and hairstyles of this production of The Crucible are awful. No accurate research done?

    1. Production values have changed greatly since 1965. There was no particular motivation back then to do more than give a sense of the time with costumes, and none with hair or make up. Historical accuracy was simply not particularly valued or considered then. Ever see an episode of Gunsmoke?

    2. Perhaps it was more about the writing and acting than the extra details?

    3. Low budget production

  3. A most wonderful glimpse into the past! Thank you!

  4. What a wonderful collection of photographs! Thank you so much for sharing these with us. It wasn't so long ago that people dressed with dignity. Sigh...


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